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How well do you know your horse? I am not just talking about knowing what feed he likes or how he behaves. I am talking about really knowing your horse. Can you read what he is telling you? Do you know him well enough to listen to what he is trying to tell you? Can you feel every footfall? Can you tell by looking in his eye something is going on? Knowing your horse inside and out is a goal all horsemen should aspire to. Knowing your horse can eliminate problems down the performance, behavior, or health wise. It is important to analyze all aspects of your equine athlete.

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We hope memorial day was a great time for everyone!  We had a great time enjoying our family (horses & dogs included).  Over the long weekend we had lots of time for reflection and swapping stories of those that we loved and lost to the service of our great country.  From close high school friends in Iraq to Fathers & Grandfathers in Europe it seemed like each one of us had been personally touched by great men and women who chose to defend this country.  It's always been understood that these individuals are owed a debt that we as a country never can repay.
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We all know that feeling that can creep over us. It can be at jackpots, rodeos, or a year end finals. Being a little nervous is understandable, but for several years I fought nerves that got so bad I thought I may pass out. I’m a first generation barrel racer. No one in my family rode. I had to reach out to others with experience for help. I am a tough person, admitting I had nerves was not easy. Once I recognized the fact that nerves were causing me to make mistakes I realized I needed to rein them in. Here are 3 things that have helped me control my nerves:
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